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David Thoener Chooses Carl Tatz Design PhantomFocus™ System to Mix Guatemalan Superstar, Ricardo Arjona's New Album

— "The PhantomFocusTM System is fantastic," quotes multi-platinum GRAMMY®-winning engineer/producer, David Thoener who has mixed albums for AC/DC, Aerosmith, John Waite, Faith Hill, John Mellencamp, Carlos Santana, Rob Thomas and more —

Nashville, TN: Dynaudio M1 and M3 professional monitors driven by Bryston amplification are featured in a Dual PhantomFocusTM System (PFS) at the Mix Magazine award winning studio, The Blue Grotto where David Thoener opted to mix sides for Guatemalan superstar Ricardo Arjona's new album.

“When Carl asked me over to a new studio he had just completed to experience the latest incarnation of his
PhantomFocusTM System, I booked it right on the spot," states Thoener. "I was about to mix sides for Ricardo Arjona who is a huge international star and I knew that the PhantomFocus System would not only give me an incomparable edge of accuracy, it would also be a very pleasurable experience."

Notes PhantomFocus System designer Carl Tatz, "It's an honor to have David use and promote the system. My observation has been that it usually only takes a few moments of listening in the PFS sweet spot to make the engineer a believer because he has never heard anything like it before."

About the PhantomFocus™ System
Once the basic acoustic treatment has been accomplished, Carl Tatz Design’s proprietary PhantomFocus™ Monitor System offers clients a unique opportunity to have a truly world-class monitoring experience in their room, no matter how modest they may perceive it to be. The PhantomFocus System allows their monitors of choice to perform accurately at a full 20Hz-to-20KHz frequency response with pinpoint imaging in an almost holographic sweet spot — this enables their mixes to travel anywhere with a new level of sonic accuracy. There are approximately fifty steps in the proprietary PhantomFocus System implementation protocol, some of which may include phase and laser alignment, damping, isolation mounts, careful assessment of engineer/speaker placement relative to their room’s primary axial modes, proprietary speaker distance and angle, crossover points for pass filtering, and finally parametric equalization. Hardware can include monitor stands, concrete, sorbothane and other isolation materials, custom floating plenum mounts, subwoofer system, custom crossover, parametric equalizers and the monitors themselves (passive or active). The evaluation and implementation is a full two-day process and can be applied to near-fields, mid-fields, and large soffit mounted monitors, regardless of manufacturer. Carl Tatz Design can install the PhantomFocus System in existing control rooms or in studios that are designed and built from the ground up by CTD. The result is like the aural equivalent of HD TV. Once you experience a PhantomFocus System, you can’t go back.


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1080P Video: David Thoener talks about the Phantom Focus System at Mix Magazine award winning studio, The Blue Grotto

Pictured: The Blue Grotto with the Dual PhantomFocus™ System

Pictured: L-R: Producer - Dan Warner, Engineer - David Thoener, and Producer - Lee Levin

 

Carl Tatz Design: 6666 Brookmont Terrace, Suite 1109, Nashville, TN 37205, 615.354.6242 / carl@carltatzdesign.com